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This Classic Coleslaw is a side dish staple in our house. It’s the perfect complement to any summer barbecue or grilled meat dish. Crispy cabbage coated in the yummiest, tangy and creamy dressing—the perfect balance of texture and flavor!

Coleslaw in a white bowl with a wooden spoon in it.

Coleslaw is completely overlooked if you ask me, especially since it goes so well with so many foods! It’s easy to make and is a great side salad or topping for sandwiches. It’s a great side dish for pulled pork sandwiches, steak, sea food or grilled chicken—just about anything! Coleslaw can easily be changed up to suite your own personal taste preferences. It can be sweeter or saltier, and you can basically tailor it to the food it is going with. We’ve included some suggestions for add-ins if you’re feeling adventurous. Remember to invite friends because this is a slaw to awe!

Do I have to shred my own cabbage? Can I use pre-shredded cabbage?

No. I prefer fresh cabbage, but you can use bagged, shredded cabbage if you are pressed for time or just don’t feel like shredding it. You can shred the cabbage as large or fine as you like.

What goes best with coleslaw

Coleslaw is a great compliment to many dishes. If you can pack it on ice, take it to a camp out, any cookout, or barbecue. It goes great right on top of pulled pork sandwiches, and is a perfect side dish for ribs or any grilled meat. It’s excellent on fish tacos and don’t forget–it’s the perfect tangy side dish for crispy, fried chicken.

How long does coleslaw keep in the fridge?

Coleslaw is best fresh, but is still very good for about 3 days after making it. Make sure that when storing leftover coleslaw, you place it in an air tight container.

a bowl filled with homemade coleslaw

If you want to make coleslaw and need ideas for recipes to pair it with, here are some that would go great with this classic coleslaw:

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a bowl filled with homemade coleslaw
This Classic Coleslaw is a side dish staple in our house. It’s the perfect complement to any summer barbecue or grilled meat dish. Crispy cabbage coated in the yummiest, tangy and creamy dressing—the perfect balance of texture and flavor!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Refrigerate 1 hour
  • 6 cups shredded green cabbage
  • 2 cups shredded purple cabbage
  • 1/2 sweet onion thinly sliced
  • 3 carrots shredded
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Add cabbage, onion, and carrots to a large mixing bowl and toss together.
  • Stir in mayonnaise, red wine vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper until well combined.
  • Cover and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours before serving before serving.
  • Use a bag of pre-shredded cabbage and carrots as a time saver.
  • Looking to lighten things up? Use plain greek yogurt in place of the mayonnaise.
  • Don't like creamy coleslaw? Try leaving out the mayonnaise and replacing it with 2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil for a vinaigrette coleslaw.
MIX IN IDEAS: slivered almonds, dried cranberries, chopped chicken, chopped apples, diced mango.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 237mg | Potassium: 246mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 4130IU | Vitamin C: 34.2mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 0.6mg
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Coleslaw

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Rosemary Caputo

This is THE best since I absolutely abhor anything sweet in my slaw! NY girl living in the South !

Robert Barnett

I love coleslaw and make it frequently. I typically use Savoy Cabbage thought. I also add a 1/2 cup of confectioner’s sugar to balance the vinegar, and also add creamy horseradish sauce. A good spice is pigment espalet if you like a little heat. I like the idea of onions, and will try that next. A good healthy salad that can keep in the refrigerator for some time. Thanks.

Margie McGuire

Just got home from work and whipped up this delectable coleslaw! Absolutely fantastic! Crunchy, tasty and amazing dressing! Can’t wait for the leftovers in my lunch tote all week! Love that there is no sugar in this recipe! That was the draw for me! Thank you! Love your recipes! You are the best!


Add some dried cranberries they make a big difference

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